How did that go by so fast??
After World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, we traveled to beautiful Bled, Slovenia for World Cup 3. The venue is a half-hour drive up a winding mountain road from Bled, in a place called Pokljiuka. My parents came to watch this event and very much enjoyed the scenery, biathlon racing, and local wines.
|Bled is a fairytale city on a lake, with one castle on a cliff and one on an island.|
|Sunrise rays under the mist on Lake Bled|
|Sunset on Lake Bled|
As for the racing, I had another week of solid shooting and slow skiing! After missing two in prone, I knew I had to hit my standing targets or else I would have no chance of making the pursuit (top 60). I took my time on the range, and for only the fourth time ever in a race, I hit all my standing targets! But little did I know I already had no chance at the pursuit. Even with clean standing shooting I left the range in the high 70's and eventually finished in 85th. I can only hope that my body will feel rested and ready to go faster after Christmas.
Then I had a much-needed break! On Sunday night after the last race in Pokljiuka, I attended the US Biathlon Christmas party at the Hirzinger Hotel and Restaurant in Riedering, Germany. It was so special to be with all of my hardworking teammates and staff in a non-work environment (i.e. party). We feasted on duck and Kaiserschmarn, drank lots of Weisbeir, were serenaded by a bavarian brass quintet, and sang Christmas carols (Stille Nacht, Oh Tannenbaum) long into the night. Many of our staff hail from Bavaria, so as is customary for formal events in the region, the dress code was lederhosen for men and dirndl for women.
|Crowds at a Christmas market in Innsbruck|
|My mom in Innsbruck|
|Morning view from our hotel|
|View from the top of one of the gondolas. Endless skiing!|
Now it is back to work! The women's sprint is at 2:30pm local time on Friday here in Ruhpolding, Germany.